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All About Peaches

Sweet, juicy, eat-’em-over-the-sink peaches — they’re nature’s reward for enduring the summer’s heat. And they’re worth the wait! Here are the peachy facts on the ultimate summer fruit, including how to choose and store peaches, and some delicious recipes to use them up.

How to Eat Garden to Table

Eat fresh from your own backyard! The words “garden fresh” appear on food labels and menus for a reason: There’s nothing more appealing than the idea that the produce you eat (and feed your family) was just picked from your garden. Here's how to put your (or someone else's) garden to good use in the kitchen.

The 10 Best Apples for Baking

Don't leave your apple selection to chance for your next baking adventure. Here are the 10 best apples for baking, sure to hold up to the heat of your oven.


Tips

Splash-Free Cherry Pitting

When pitting cherries with a handheld pitter, the juice usually splatters everywhere— especially on your apron and clothes, potentially staining them. Here's a less-mess way to pit cherries.

How to Roast Cherry Tomatoes

Grape tomatoes are expensive, so if they’re a little past their prime (a bit wrinkled), don’t throw them away — roast them. Here's an easy way to do it.

How to Cut a Pineapple

Pineapple is one of the more difficult fruits to cut, because it's large, has a spiky skin and those prickly "eyes" inside the fruit once you've cut it. Here’s a way to peel pineapple with as little waste as possible and get the added bonus of decorative slices.

An Easy Way to Test Avocados for Ripeness

Ever cut into an avocado that felt ripe to the touch, only to discover that it wasn’t? Here’s an easy way to test your avocado for ripeness without cutting up the fruit.

How to Freeze Bananas—For Smoothies & Baking

Don't toss those overripe bananas! Throw them in the freezer instead so you always have ripe bananas on hand for baking or smoothies. Use this simple tip for a less-mess, faster way to freeze and thaw bananas.

How to Juice Key Limes

Use this helpful tip for how to juice key limes next time you plan to make a pie! Key limes are smaller in size and firmer than regular limes, making them harder to juice, but not any longer with this helpful kitchen tip.

Healthy Popsicles

With this simple tip, have healthy treats on hand at all times for when your sweet tooth hits!

How To Seed Squash

Seeding squash can be a messy task. Not anymore with this quick tip that uses a unique kitchen tool.


How-To's

Learn All About Indirect Grilling

What is indirect grilling? It's bascially a technique that turns your grill into an outdoor oven so you can cook big items, like whole chickens, pork loins, pizzas, etc. So the next time you fire up the grill, follow these four simple steps, and take the indirect route to perfectly cooked meats, vegetables, and more.


Recipes

Beet & Blueberry Fruit Salad

Beets have an earthy quality to them, but roasting them and adding blueberries to the mix brings out their natural sweetness. Fresh mint, toasted walnuts, a lively lemon-ginger vinaigrette, and goat cheese take this “fruit salad” to new heights.

Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream Pie with Toasted Almond Crumble

What better way to gather ‘round a table than with desserts?! This Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream Pie with toasted almond crumble is the perfect make-ahead summer dessert. It features a shortcut version of lemon ice cream, raspberry ripple, and toasted almond crust and crumble on top.

This recipe was reprinted from Let's Stay In by Ashley Rodriguez.

Mini Strawberry Pies

Since strawberries are the focus of these mini strawberry pies, if you don’t grow them, be sure to source local, organic strawberries — they’re much more flavorful and sweet.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Syrup

Skip commercial fruit-flavored sodas and make your own with this Strawberry-Rhubarb Syrup. Who knew it could be this easy?

Five-Fruits Salad with Chinese Five Spice Vinaigrette

Used extensively in Chinese cooking, five-spice powder is an equal mix of five ground spices, usually cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns. It may seem a little unusual to add to a fruit salad recipe, but the spice mix complements the fresh tropical fruits beautifully. Try this for a unique and healthy side dish for an Asian-inspired dinner.

Plum Trifles with Amaretti Cookies

Healthy desserts that are actually satisfying can be hard to come by — but not with this fruit trifle. Layers of yogurt, almonds, amaretti cookies, and a sweet red wine syrup complement the flavor of ripe plums. Feel free to use any stone fruits you like in place of the plums.

No-Bake Greek Yogurt Cheesecake with Brown Sugar Blueberries and Poppy Seeds

This No-Bake Greek Yogurt Cheesecake is creamy and tangy, with a hint of sweetness. Plus, it's a make-ahead dessert, leaving you more time to spend with your friends and family. If you have leftover blueberries, save them to put on your yogurt or serve with whipped cream or ice cream for a simple dessert.

This recipe was reprinted from Let's Stay In by Ashley Rodriguez.

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa is an easy fresh condiment to make for any Mexican-inspired meal. Not only does it pay homage to the classic ingredient, pineapple, but its bright acidity complements bold-flavored meat, like these Tacos al Pastor.

Mincemeat with Walnuts

When it comes to planning a holiday party, appetizers are often at the top of the list. Because they’re bite-sized and individually portioned, they’re the easiest type of food to prepare and eat.

A selection of cheeses is a simple way to fill the table, and a variety of textures and flavors makes the spread enticing. Then, because fruit and cheese are a classic combination, transform the cheese plate into something really special by serving it with homemade mincemeat and crackers. Simply simmer dried fruits with citrus and spices, then finish with brandy and toasted walnuts to make a festive and tasty accompaniment.